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Soup’s On!

17 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Do you like soup?  As we’ve gotten older, I find that we enjoy a meal of soup and either crackers or fresh sourdough bread.  Yum!

A few years after we were married, my mother-in-law gave me a cookbook from military wives.

All kinds of recipes in that book.  I found a “vegetable-beef” soup recipe that I tried, and we both enjoyed.  However, I’ve not tried it in so long a time, that I’m not sure which recipe I followed.  Therefore…no vegetable-beef soup from my kitchen.

When we were in Germany the first time (1967-1970) I purchased a cookbook (in English) of good German recipes.

One of the recipes is of mushroom soup.  Now, I realize that not everyone likes mushrooms, so this one isn’t for you.  But Fred and I really enjoy mushrooms – especially fresh ones – so this soup just hit the spot.  I had to tone down the amount of salt in it, but it is wonderful!

Another soup I found that we enjoy, came from a small little booklet I picked up somewhere, with recipes that made good use of cider vinegar, olive oil, and beans.

The soup from that recipe book makes up a good, tasty, hearty soup.  It includes cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, chili peppers, potatoes, onions and garlic.  Wow is that good!!  And on a cold winter day it is especially good.  And yes, we DO have cold winter days here in Florida.  A bowl of that with crackers – just yummm!

If my readers remember, I mentioned that my Dad was an avid hunter, and we ate a lot of venison in my growing-up years.  One of the things that Mother made from some of that ground-up venison, was chili.  I know that doesn’t really qualify as “soup,” but then again, on a cold winter day, chili is really hard to beat.  I’ve tried many times to make Mother’s chili, even going by her recipe, and I just can’t duplicate the taste or texture.  I guess it just took Mother’s touch to make it just right.

However, I think our favorite soup came from a recipe from my wonderful sister-in-law, DiVoran.  Actually, my Mother gave me the recipe, stating it was from DiVoran.  After I had made it up one time, and told DiVoran about it, she said she didn’t remember making it, and would I share the recipe with her…which I did.  It is a potato and leek soup.  Chicken stock, celery, potatoes, onions, and leeks.  It doesn’t take too long to cook up, but with fresh sourdough bread….umm-mmm, is that GOOD!!

The only time I’ve ever had soup that I didn’t like was once when we were eating out at a restaurant.  This place is known for its breakfast, but the other two meals of the day aren’t their best efforts.  In any case, I ordered their vegetable soup – and it came with about ½ inch of oil on the top!!  Yuk!!  I’ve never had soup like that before – or since!

Any good soup recipes from your kitchen out there?

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 15

10 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I had thought the house in Kissimmee was going to be our “forever” house.  But since we were both working at our church (I was church secretary and Fred was the church administrator), we didn’t enjoy the drive to and from work.  So we started hunting for a house closer to the church.

While I told Fred we did NOT have to live in that housing development, it turned out that the house we found was, indeed in that housing subdivision.  We’ve been in this house now for 20 years.  I’ve told Fred that I am NOT leaving this house except in a body bag!!  That’s all the moving I care to do in this lifetime.  (Just so you know – Fred and I have moved 15 times.  Fred, with his family and ours, has moved 37 times!)

This house is about 300 square feet larger than the house in Kissimmee, and it feels like it.  While the Kissimmee house had cathedral ceilings, this one doesn’t.  But they are 9′ 4″ tall, and give it the feel of space.  

You enter the front door into the living room/dining room area.  A fairly large room, we have room for the piano, love seat and chair, as well as the sideboard with hutch, and table and chairs in the dining area.  Even when we expand the table, it is still a comfortable size.

I know it’s Christmas, but shows the entry and living room, with part of the dining room table and chairs.


The dining room

From the dining room into the kitchen/family room

That wall, on the kitchen side, includes cabinets and drawers, and the refrigerator.  After another doorway is more cabinets and the stove.

The kitchen

 Around the corner is more under-cabinets and drawers, and the sink, which looks into the family room.  The counter along that part of the kitchen is two-stepped, and is 15′ long.  Lots of space!  At the end of that is walking space and the pantry – which is quite large!

The Family room

Turn left past the pantry and you will see the second bathroom on your right, the laundry room/entry to the garage on your left, then the two remaining bedrooms.  We were pleased to find the builders had upgraded the bathroom by putting in two sinks in the long counter space.

Down the hallway:  Right – bathroom; left – laundry room; the two remaining bedrooms

Then, if you head toward the back of the house, you will see, at the end of the family room, double French doors leading to the patio.  (We had the patio extended and screened in)  

 
2009 – My brother Bill Lites and son-in-law Ron on the patio

Turn left at the doorway and you will be in the Master suite. The bedroom is roughly 18′ x 15′, and has a large walk-in closet.  There are double French doors leading to the patio, as well. The bathroom has a glass-walled shower and a garden tub.  And the toilet is in its own little room, with a door to close.  Nice.  There are two sinks in the large area with a mirror covering the entire area.  There are glass bricks for a window over the tub, which I thoroughly enjoy!

We have been quite comfortable in this house, seldom wishing for more space or more anything.

God has blest us with all the adventures we have been through, and we are grateful.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me, and have been able to visualize some of the houses I have described.  Perhaps some of the pictures have helped with that.

Thank you for your time and attention.  This has been a fun trip down memory lane for me, and perhaps so for the rest of my family as well.

May God bless YOU in your adventures in life.

~~~~~~~~~~THE END~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 14

3 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Fred retired from the Air Force and from Langley AFB and we stayed in Virginia for another seven years in that house.

Both of our daughters had married, and we decided we didn’t want to live in snow anymore in the winters.

My only sibling – my brother, and his family, live in Florida and we had visited them many times, and liked it.

And so we came to Orlando, looking for a house.  We actually settled on a new house in Kissimmee, in a new subdivision.

It was a three-bedroom, two bath, split plan house, with the master suite being on one side of the house, and the other two bedrooms and bath on the other side.  I liked that idea – the separation was convenient when we had visitors staying with us.  The living room/dining room were sort of together, so that was something we had to arrange furniture around.  The kitchen and family room divided the master bedroom suite from the other bedrooms. 

The master bathroom was an interesting shape.  Along one wall were two sinks in a counter space, and a long mirror covering the entire area.  At the end was the glass-walled shower, and next to that was a garden tub.  There was a window over the tub with an “orange slice” at the top.  We eventually had that window filmed for privacy.  The toilet was in a room off the next wall, with a door.  Interesting and convenient.

This small chest of drawers is now in the guest bedroom

There was a small wall space between the bathroom and closet.  Only wide enough for a narrow chest of drawers.  We had one TV and some book cases in the bedroom with us, as well as a dresser.  The closet was a walk-in closet; small but efficient.

At the end of the hall leading to the other bedrooms and bath, was the space for the washer and dryer.  Along that hallway was a narrow pantry.

The second bathroom had a door in it, leading to the back yard.  Since so many houses in this area have pools, that door was for the purpose of coming in the house after getting out of the pool.  We didn’t have – nor did we want – a pool, so I covered each pane of clear glass in the door with “crystal” contact paper, so all things going on in the bathroom were private but still let in outside light.  It had a single sink, a toilet, and the tub/shower.  Small but quite efficient.

The ceilings in this house were modified cathedral ceilings, peaking over the kitchen.  They were finished with the popcorn finish.  There were many cabinets and cupboards, and the sink looked out into the family room.  There was the usual refrigerator and stove and dishwasher included.  It was a quite comfortable kitchen to work in.

There was door leading from the kitchen to the garage – a double-car garage.   There was an open doorway from the kitchen to the dining room/living room.

There was a patio in the back yard.  There were sliding glass doors in the master bedroom and the family room.  It was covered, and made of concrete.  We didn’t use it much.  I had thought of screening it in, and we might have used it more, but we never did.

When we began thinking of moving into Orlando, realtors kept telling us we needed to put in a pool, as no one would buy it without one.  We didn’t need or want the expense of adding a pool, and as it turned out, the lady who bought the house didn’t want a pool!  So it would have been a real waste of money to put one in.  It might have even negated a sale to have one.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

A New Baby

28 Oct

My Take

DiVoran Lites

As told to DiVoran Lites by Her Mother, Dora Bowers

In May 1939, my father, Roger Bedell, died in our home town of Canon City, Colorado. Since Ivan, and I; and our baby DiVoran were living in Lovelock, Nevada, we headed home in our 1921 coup for the funeral. Because our trip took place on Decoration Day, every cemetery we passed had bouquets of flowers on the graves. I saw them through tears, knowing I would not see my Dad again this side of heaven.

Description: Flower, Peony, Blossom, Bloom, Plant, Nature, Flora

Photo credit Pixabay

Once home in Canon I dug in and didn’t want to leave, so Ivan drove back to Lovelock and packed up. Back in Canon City, he got a job with the gas company, where my Dad had worked.

In time with a loan of $100.00 from my grandmother Dora Bell Hunter, we were able to buy a house on River Street. The house cost $900.00 and our payments were $20.00 a month.

Description: Chicken, Hens, Pullet

Photo credit Pixabay

In those days, part of our income came from Ivan’s job and part of the old cars he fixed up and sold for $35.00 or so. We had a boarder and that helped. Also we raised chickens. We had many fusses about the chickens. I thought I knew more about taking care of poultry because I was raised on the farm. He thought he knew more because he’d helped his parents with the chickens in a pen out back of their apartment house on Greenwood Avenue.

Of course, our fusses were nothing compared with the big fight the whole world had fallen into in Europe. Before he died, my Dad said there would be another war. In December 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. 

About that time, I kind of figured I was pregnant so I went to the doctor and he took a sample of my water then had the lab inject it into a young female mouse or rabbit. If her ovaries were enlarged that meant you were expecting. 

Those were turbulent times for all of us: but I was pleased to be adding to the small family I loved. Since we already had a girl, we prayed for the baby to be a boy.

In June it was hot and I was big. Everyone told me I was carrying a boy because my stomach stuck way out rather than filling in around me as stomachs were believed to do with girls.

I must have looked pretty pitiful, because when the man came to collect the last installment on the pots and pans he’d sold us, I told him I couldn’t pay him. I needed the last $3.00 for a magazine subscription I’d ordered. He took one look at my condition and then, to my surprise and delight, gave me a “paid” receipt and left. 

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

On the Street Where You Live…Part 13

27 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Leaving Heidelberg was difficult – we really loved being in Germany.  But our three years were up and it was time to rotate stateside.  We did a circuitous travel to England for two weeks (Please see my posts starting in July 30, 2017 – November 26, 2017 about that trip.).  We then flew to New York then eventually to Virginia, where Fred’s next posting would be at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia.

We found our house, signed the papers then flew to Tampa, Florida for a week’s visit with Fred’s parents. 

July – Clearwater, FL – Fred’s parents, Karen and Janet

From there we flew to Albuquerque for a visit with my Mother and Aunt Jessie.  And then back to Virginia to begin that adventure.

July – Albuquerque – My mother and step-father, Fred, Karen and Janet

The house was available for us then, but our furniture had not arrived, so we stayed one night in temporary quarters on Langley AFB.  One night was all it took.  It was August and HOT…HOT…HOT!  And the air conditioner was broken – and no fans!  We tried to sleep, but couldn’t.  We were all up about 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. to drink down as much ice water as we could.

The next morning, we borrowed mats and a card table (sound familiar?) and cooking equipment and went to our house.  We slept on the floor on the mats.  It wasn’t easy, but at least we were cool!

The house was barn-shaped, but had some neat features.

It had four bedrooms and three full baths.  One bedroom and bath were downstairs, and we used them as a guest unit.  The master suite was the width of the house, and had an en-suite bath with a shower only, no tub.  The second bathroom upstairs had the full tub/shower.  The other two bedrooms were upstairs, as well.  One of the bedrooms, that faced the front of the house, had a little door in the closet, that led to some “attic” space, the length of the house.  That was so convenient!

Downstairs was a formal living room and a separate dining room which was just off the kitchen.

Dining Room – left is the hallway to the guest bedroom and bathroom

There was also a family room that was wood-paneled and had a wood-burning stove in it.  

My mother in the family room

Fred’s parents in the family room.  Wood paneling and the wood-burning stove

I really liked the kitchen!  The previous owners had renovated it, so that one wall that had been just empty, now held cabinet space and drawer space, as well as the stove.  They had also installed a microwave – but they had cut a hole in the wall and made a brace on the wall in the garage to hold the microwave.  All we saw in the kitchen was the front of the machine!  We also didn’t hear the machine when it was running.  Nice and quiet.  The space where the stove was originally (next to the door leading to the garage), now became a very large pantry.  There was cabinet space galore, and a window over the sink, looking to the back yard.  The refrigerator was at the end of the cabinets, next to the doorway to the dining room.

In the back yard, there was a patio made up of slate sections.  There was a trellis at one end, and a big tree at the other.  Someone had installed a pull-across line that could be used to hang clothes to dry.  I love the smell of sheets dried in the air, and so did that frequently.

We lived in that house nearly 13 years – the longest we had lived anywhere.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 12

20 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Getting ready for our move to Heidelberg, West Germany, we sold our car and traveled by train to Albuquerque.

Sandia mountains, East of Albuquerque – Credit Google Search

We spent some time with my Mother and Aunt Jessie before flying to Washington D.C. for some time with Fred’s parents.

1980 – The White House – President Jimmy Carter in residence

We then flew to Frankfurt, where our sponsor picked us up and drove to Heidelberg.

There were no housing units available at that time, so we were placed in temporary quarters – for one month!  It was, essentially a hotel room.  We arrived in time for the 4th of July celebration.  There were to be fireworks, but at that latitude (same as Labrador, Canada), the sun didn’t set until nearly 10:00 p.m., so the fireworks didn’t start until about 9:30 p.m.  But we enjoyed it, none-the-less.  

We were finally able to get into government quarters.  Again, we were in a stairwell, with six apartments to each stairwell, with three stairwells to each building.

The building across our courtyard – same as our building – the inside courtyard

We had requested the third floor again – yes it’s inconvenient to drag groceries up there, and lug laundry down to the basement, but in the spring, summer and fall, when it gets hot (no air conditioning at all), we could open the windows and get a lovely breeze blowing through.  It was well worth it.  Our apartment was on the end of the building, and we could see the high school across the street, as well as what was going on down on the street.  I liked that view.

Our building.  Top left is our unit.  The white Mercedes was our car

Walking in the front door was a short hallway.  Immediately left was our bedroom – a fairly large room.  It held our dresser, chest-of-drawers and two night stands along with the bed and a furnished wardrobe.  The full width of the room had windows with a marble sill, facing the side street.

Immediately right from that hallway was a “swing” door into the kitchen.  I actually closed it off with a bookcase across it, and set the telephone on it.

Front door and short hallway.  Bookcase in the hallway – our bedroom across from it.

Doorway to the kitchen to the left in this picture

Proceeding down the hallway you entered the “great” room – dining room first, then living room in one space.  Again, as in Florida, I “divided” the room with our large sofa.

1983 – Judy and friend in the living room, looking toward the dining room and into the kitchen. One alcove to the left.

Turn right into the great room and you are in the kitchen.  Again, I blocked the swing door with a small table and used the table for other things.

The blocked door, the dishwasher, the narrow pantry doors.

I kept the plates in there so they were easy to reach by our girls when setting the table.

Big, tall cabinets on one side, with a narrow pantry with shelves near the swing door.  A window at the end of the room, and on the other side was more under-cabinets and the stove.

The sink and stove

The window at the end of the room

Within the great room we had two alcoves – one with closing doors.  I left them open and placed a desk in that area, with my typewriter usually set upon it.  In the other alcove was my piano.

1981 –  Karen in front of the piano in the open alcove

We had the TV set under the end-of-the-building window,

Christmas window treatment, and decorations on top of the TV set  with bookcases and stereo equipment on the opposite wall.

From that room left of this picture, you walked down a very short hall directly into the bathroom.

Bathroom window treatment

To the right of that was one bedroom, and to the left was the third bedroom.  The right bedroom had two windows – one at the end of the building, the other facing the side street.

Karen’s bedroom – window to the right, another to the left

One window covering in Karen’s bedroom

The third bedroom had windows and a long, marble window sill.

1982 – Janet’s bedroom – windows to the right

Windows in Janet’s room

In the basement was the laundry room – washers and dryers furnished, and a room with clothes lines if you cared to dry your clothes that way.  Opposite that were “cages” that held items such as our bicycles, etc.

Above our particular apartment was empty space.  I frequently held my aerobic classes there when I was unable to use the gym on base.

Opposite that was another bathroom, and six “maids” rooms.  Ours held twins beds, a dressing table, and a wardrobe.  When we had guests, they stayed there.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 11

13 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

One reason we had stayed at Tyndall AFB for five years, is that at year four, Fred made another rank, and the Air Force had plans for him, but it wasn’t for another year.  So when that year was up (year five), we left Tyndall AFB and Florida, and moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Fort Leavenworth was a temporary move – we knew we would be there only for one year, for Fred to attend the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Logo, Fort Leavenworth

Credit Google Search and Fort Leavenworth website

US Army Command and Staff College

Credit Google Search and U.S. Army CGSC website

As we moved, unfortunately, there was a trucker strike going on, and the trucker who had our household goods was afraid to travel.  Our goods were delayed more than one week.  So we borrowed mats (and possibly air mattresses), a card table and chairs, and some cooking utensils and set up house in the unit we were given to live in for that year.  Our household goods finally arrived and we set up housekeeping.

Two of the five units – ours is the second from the end

I must say that the houses were very cheaply built.  They were built in the early 1970’s and the five-plex we lived in only cost a total of $60,000 to build!  Five houses for that amount of money?  The walls were quite thin, and we could hear a lot of our neighbors goings-on.  We said we thought they had a set of wooden clogs at the top and bottom of the stairs and really clomped up and down the stairs!  We nailed pieces of carpet down on our stairs.  Another time, Karen was in our bedroom with me, studying for a spelling test.  The man of the house next door stood at the top of his stairs and yelled down “DID YOU HEAR ME?”  I responded “yes, I did!”  Karen was laughing so hard I thought she would roll off the bed!  They had a TV in their bedroom and it was always turned up loud enough for us to hear and understand what was being said.  Very thin walls, indeed.

The house was built on a “slope” thus creating a “split level” house.  Walk in the front door and there are steps going up, and steps going down.  Up leads to the bedrooms, down to the living room.

Going downstairs to the living room

Turn right and there is a half-bath on the left.  Further on is the dining room on the right, kitchen on the left with a laundry room off that.

Up the stairs the master bedroom and bath is directly ahead.  Small landing, then turn right to another flight of stairs to another “upstairs.”  Two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a large storage closet at the end.

It was a rather fun house to live in, but very cold in the winter – we even had to tape plastic sheeting over the living room sliding glass doors to keep the cold out.

The living room – Janet and friend

The living room was the entire width of the house, so a large room.  Our TV, piano, couch and chair, and stereo equipment were down there.  Fred did his studying on the dining room table, so it was a good thing the TV was downstairs.  We had a day-bed from San Antonio days that was also down there, along with a bookshelf.

The good news was that it was only for one year.  Fred received his orders – to Heidelberg, West Germany!!  Woohoo – we get to go to Germany again!

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Leavenworth, Kansas

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery – established in 1862 by President Lincoln

Credit Google Search and Fort Leavenworth website

1980 – Fort Leavenworth Cemetery in the Springtime – Fred and I used to jog here – even in the snow

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 10

6 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Our next Air Force assignment sent us to Panama City, Florida, to Tyndall AFB.  Fred had lived there in the 1950’s with his family, as his Dad was a Base Chaplain, so this was familiar territory for him.

Photo credit WJHG.com  Credit Google search

The base didn’t have any place for us to move into when we first arrived.  We actually began looking for a house off-base, but the prices were just out of our range. That turned out to be a blessing, as later, when Fred became the weather unit’s commander, he would have been required to move into base housing!

We stayed in a roach-infested motel room for a couple of weeks before we moved into our government quarters.  It was a duplex, which was rather nice – only one other family as neighbors!

1976 – Our half of the duplex – Tyndall AFB, Florida

The living room/dining room was just one long, large room, with bricks along one outer wall.  There was also a door to the outside/backyard in that room, opposite the front door.  We had that big, 110″ long couch, remember, and I used that as a divider between the living room and the dining room.

1978 – The big blue couch.  A friend of Janet’s at her birthday party

1978 – Janet’s birthday party.  The brick wall with the piano

We had the piano against the brick wall, and the TV and bookcases (with our stereo system) along the other wall.

1975 – The girls in front of the bookcase/stereo

The hallway led to the one bathroom, that had the requisite tub/shower (gray tile), toilet and sink. 

The bathroom was next to our large bedroom. Down the hallway were the other two bedrooms.  There was a fairly narrow wall before heading into the other bedrooms, and we placed our pachinko machine there.  It was a great way to spend some time just relaxing and playing a game.  Fred was familiar with the game, as he had seen them when he lived in Japan with his family.

The entire unit had blood-red vinyl tile flooring with – what we called built-in heel marks.  So we purchased a roll of white vinyl flooring and covered the dining room and kitchen with it.  Then we completely covered the rest of the apartment with shag carpet – celery green mostly throughout.

1974 – Fred and Karen.  Notice the celery green carpet.

The kitchen was off from the dining room.  It was rather small and crowded, especially since the washing machine and dryer were in there.

1974 – Janet in a basket in the kitchen.  Washer/dryer on left, refrigerator on right, back door

1974 – The kitchen.  Mother came for a visit

There was another door from there out to a small patio, and a storage building.  We eventually purchased a portable dishwasher, and added it to the kitchen, making the room even smaller.  Some people we knew had removed one of the cabinets and placed the dishwasher there, pulling it over to the sink whenever they needed to run the machine.  We didn’t do that – we needed the cabinet space! There was a window over the sink, looking out over the carport, and down the street.

There was no garage there, only a carport.  But that was okay – unless it was raining, then one of us got wet, since we had two cars by that time!

We were quite comfortable there, which was a good thing, because we lived in that duplex for five years!  I told Fred that we really needed to move, because I was beginning to put down “roots” in a government duplex!

God saw to move us the next year, so that was good.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 9

29 Sep

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Our daughter, Janet was born in the base hospital on Loring AFB in June of 1971.  Fred came to visit me in the hospital the day following her birth and asked, “You didn’t really want to stay here another year, did you?”  I nearly jumped out of the bed!!  “Where are we going?”  I screeched!  San Antonio, Texas, for Fred to be an instructor at the same OTS where he had trained as an officer.  

And so, in September, we headed out from Maine – with no regrets!

We took our time, traveling through parts of Canada and the northeast states of the U.S. 

1971 – Hotel Frontenac – Quebec, Canada

The Von Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe, Vermont

Boston – U.S.S. Constitution – Old Ironsides

 We stopped in Washington D.C. and Fred’s parents met us.

The Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C.

We finally arrived in San Antonio later that month.  I had a great-aunt, Lillie, who lived in San Antonio, and we stayed with her while we went house-hunting.

We finally settled on a newly built house in a subdivision not too far from the Medina Base, where the OTS was quartered and schooled, as well as not far from Lackland AFB itself.  Ray Ellison was the builder.

1971 – Our first house – San Antonio, Texas

2017 – Our first house – renovated.  That tree really grew big!

I’ve looked up the house on Zillow.com and it says it has 1,724 square feet of living space.  It also says it has four bedrooms and two baths.  The new owners must have added on, because it only had three bedrooms when we lived there!  It also says there is a fireplace in the family room – that must have been in the add-on, because we didn’t have a fireplace anywhere in the house!

The entry way had a coat closet, and was separated from the living room by half-walls that had spindles up to the ceiling.

1974 – Fred and Janet in the living room.  Notice the spindles in the half-wall

The living room was rather long and narrow, and ended with the dining room against the end wall.  There was a mural on the wall.

1973 – Janet’s 2nd Birthday.  Janet and Karen enjoying birthday cupcakes  

There’s the mural on the wall of the dining room

The kitchen was off the dining room, with a pocket-door between.  The refrigerator and stove were on the right wall as you entered the kitchen, with a divider between the kitchen and family room that included cabinets, sink and dishwasher.  At the end of the kitchen was a nook large enough for an eat-in table and chairs. There was also a storage cabinet in that nook, which was convenient.

1972 – After church, Janet crawled up and got into the french fries.

That is the eat-in nook, table and chairs, and storage closet in the wall.

Also between the kitchen and family room was another half-wall – wood this time – that also had spindles to the ceiling.

1972 – Christmas with our little tree.  This shows the wooden spindles in the half-wall

The door to the backyard is behind the tree

Karen and Janet admiring our Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

We placed our piano in that room.  There was a door that led to the backyard in that room. The door to the garage was between the kitchen proper and the eat-in nook.

The master bedroom was at the far end of the hallway, with a bath attached – shower only – no tub.  The second bathroom was down the hall, across from the middle bedroom, and the third bedroom was at the end of that hallway, with long windows facing the street.

It was a comfortable house, and we enjoyed our three years there.

I’ve written about one incident that happened while we were there: The house next door to us caught fire in the middle of the night.  Please see my post of September 21, 2014 about that incident – My Husband…My Hero.

More next time…

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

On the Street Where You Live…Part 8

22 Sep

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Our three years in Germany were up, and it was time to head back stateside.  Fred and I had a joke between us:  if we ask to go to Albuquerque (Kirtland AFB), do you think they’ll send us to Maine?” Well, they did just that.

We flew to the states, and Fred’s parents picked us up.  We spent several days with them, then flew to Albuquerque to visit with my Mother, Aunt Jessie, and Granny.  I have pictures of the four generations, which are precious to me.

1970 – Four Generations: Karen, Judy, Mom and Granny

From there we flew to Detroit to pick up the car we had ordered.  Fred’s middle sister and her husband and young son were living just outside Selfridge AFB, near Detroit.  We spent a few days with them before heading to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and a visit with Fred’s parents.

From there we drove to our new assignment, Loring AFB, Maine.  That’s located near Limestone, Maine, just three miles from the Canadian border.  At that time, the interstate was a two lane road, and four hours north of Bangor!  They put us up in temporary housing for about a week until our stuff arrived, that we had stored while in Germany.

We then moved into our “permanent” housing on base – it was a 16-unit row house.

1970 – front of the building with the new siding

We were kind of in the middle.  It was two-story, and our particular unit had been renovated and had an extra room and half-bath downstairs, off the kitchen. It also had a doorway to the outside from there.

The back of our unit

Most of the other units didn’t have that extra room or half-bath.  Our washer and dryer were in that extra room.  The kitchen, dining room and living room was essentially one large room. But at least it was nice and open – it felt like lots of room.

The back of the row houses before new siding

It was partially furnished – the dining room table and chairs belonged to the house.\

Karen meeting her new baby sister for the first time.  This shows the dining room furniture, and the bookcase that we used as a divider between dining room/living room

We purchased the bed for ourselves, but the dresser and other furniture were furnished.  There were also furnished beds in the other two bedrooms.  Only one bathroom upstairs, at the head of the stairs. That was a bit scary when Karen got up during the night to go to the bathroom!  I was afraid she would lose her balance and tumble down the stairs! She never did, however.

We purchased a long (110″) electric blue couch and matching swivel/rocker chair from a furniture store in town, as well as a large rug for the living room.

1970 – Karen in the new “electric blue” swivel/rocker

As for the parking garage – there was a “row house” for those, with a block heater for the engine of the car. Unfortunately, one of those units (not ours) caught fire while we were there – and the entire garage row was destroyed in five minutes!  We usually parked on the street, because the garage area was the last place the snow plows plowed in winter.

The garages

When we arrived, we were told they were “improving” the housing, by replacing the siding on the front and back of each row of houses.  Well, they did, but the company doing the work was from Canada and they were on Atlantic time and started about 6:00 in the morning!  It looked nicer, but no improvements were made on the inside of the units.  We were fortunate to only live there one year!

Judy on our doorstep.  Flowers after Janet’s birth

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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